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Spotted these posts sticking up out of the water and seem a bit mysterious. Do not Know their purpose. I was trying to convey this sense of mystery. Not sure if I succeeded.

Tags: Water Seascape Landscape and travel

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dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
17 Sep 2019 7:59PM
Hi, welcome to epz and to the Critique Gallery.
I see you've been a member for a while so I'll take it you know what the Critique Gallery is all about but this appears to be your first upload.

These look like the uprights to a jetty that has been submerged, either sinking over time or by a rise in water level.

You've shot this in warm low angled light, and it's an attractive result, one that would attract some votes in the main Gallery. It's a perfect reflection, no ripple distortion, which is very restful.

But as for mystery, it doesn't appear that w\y for me. Intriguing, yes.
I think to add mystery the viewer'simagination needs to be triggered. With so much clear detail that doesn't happen, though there's nothing wrong with that per se.

Perhaps wait for the sun to actually dip below the horizon so the far hills go into shadow. Alternatively shoot on a misty or foggy day. Shoot into the lioght (if you can safely get into position of course). Shoot just before the sky goes black so you have the light from the sky reflected in the water and everything else is in shadow. Add to that illuminate the posts with a torch.

Essentially, the light here, thugh attractive and appeling for landscapes isn't quite there for mystery.

Alternatively it's possible to make changes in software, so I'll try a modification.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
17 Sep 2019 8:06PM
I went mono for mood and used the Pinhole Camera effect in Nik SilverEfex. I didn't adjust anything else to modify the effect so there's plenty of opportunity to fine tune the image. This is just to give an idea of what's possible.
Of course, Ii could have added va vignett to the colour image and made colour adjustments. Endless possibilities to while away an evening Smile
17 Sep 2019 9:23PM
You were trying to convey a sense of mystery, but with a sunny day / blue sky / fluffy white clouds, the odds couldn't really have been stacked against you any more heavily.
Lots of helpful suggestions from Keith, above, and like him I've gone for a black & white conversion using a SilverEfex filter... 'Silhouette' in this case. I also cropped it to try and make it more enigmatic.

Alan
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 8:36AM
Welcome from me too. I have rather neglected the Critique Gallery of late but I had to come in here because it combines two of my favourite subjects - reflections, and the inherent strangeness of so much of our world if you take a detached view...

Well seen, first of all. So many photographers would pass this by...

A suggestion for any shot that involves strong vertical reflections - try flipping it upside down and see what happens. The thing is, we expect to see reflections in water 'upside down', when they are flipped 'the right way up' the result challenges the brain because it is unexpected.

Another suggestion - for a sense of mystery, avoid including background context unless you need that juxtaposition. I don't think you do here.

I've uploaded a modification which is how I would want to present this, it may not be how you saw it but I think it's an interesting comparison. I flipped vertically, and cropped off the 'real' view (that needed a bit of skewing to level the shore edge. I also brightened by 10% and made a Levels adjustment to lighter tones. Typically sky reflections in water will be about 10% darker than the real sky so if you want to create an illusion of 'reality' that adjustment helps.

The result is I think rather reminiscent of Dalí's dream paintings.

You have a number of suggestions here, they are about taking the image a stage or two further. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
Moira
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.5k 2343 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 9:16AM
Can I just add that your post-processing has left a distinct white 'halo' down the right side of some of the posts towards the right of the composition. That could be from work to increase contrast, or it could be from sharpening. (Or it could be from in-camera settings). It's something to beware of...
pamelajean Plus
14 1.5k 2189 United Kingdom
18 Sep 2019 4:46PM
The posts are for birds to perch upon, of courseSmile.

I think you do have a sense of mystery here, especially with the posts not touching the background land. They seem to be floating in the sky. I think it's a great shot. With no land at all showing they WOULD be floating in the clouds, and there's a mystery. I like the modifications, especially Willie's, but your original is a good one.

So you succeeded, to my mind.

Pamela.
dudler Plus
17 1.4k 1775 England
18 Sep 2019 6:43PM
And welcome form me...

Certainly there's intrigue rather than mystery here for me, too.

I like Moira's mod a lot, with inversion and a tight crop. Keith's (darklord's) mod gives mystery, too.

My thought is about wideangle lenses tilted down - you get diverging verticals, which make some of the reflections seem a little odd. I've corrected this in my mod, but left everything else as it is, so you can make the direct comparison...
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 735 England
18 Sep 2019 8:34PM
I like Moira's mod, that's into the surreal!
So, numerous feelings from one image, that's good going.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4200 Canada
18 Sep 2019 9:37PM
A comment I made here earlier has mysteriously disappeared. Essentially sating its a mystery as you didnt know what there were until know, and then I did a mod that I see Moira has beaten me to.

However it did need a small ccw rotation to level. Lots of opportunities with odd stuff like this.


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rmd 5 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2019 2:28PM

Quote:Welcome from me too. I have rather neglected the Critique Gallery of late but I had to come in here because it combines two of my favourite subjects - reflections, and the inherent strangeness of so much of our world if you take a detached view...

Well seen, first of all. So many photographers would pass this by...

A suggestion for any shot that involves strong vertical reflections - try flipping it upside down and see what happens. The thing is, we expect to see reflections in water 'upside down', when they are flipped 'the right way up' the result challenges the brain because it is unexpected.

Another suggestion - for a sense of mystery, avoid including background context unless you need that juxtaposition. I don't think you do here.

I've uploaded a modification which is how I would want to present this, it may not be how you saw it but I think it's an interesting comparison. I flipped vertically, and cropped off the 'real' view (that needed a bit of skewing to level the shore edge. I also brightened by 10% and made a Levels adjustment to lighter tones. Typically sky reflections in water will be about 10% darker than the real sky so if you want to create an illusion of 'reality' that adjustment helps.

The result is I think rather reminiscent of Dalí's dream paintings.

You have a number of suggestions here, they are about taking the image a stage or two further. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
Moira

rmd 5 1 United Kingdom
24 Sep 2019 1:59PM
Thank you for your comments. I like Moira's upside down image and also the pinhole version.

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